What is translational research? Background, concepts, and a definition

dc.contributor.author Bell, Erica
dc.contributor.author Harpur, Siobhan
dc.contributor.author Doherty, Kathleen
dc.contributor.author Struber, Janet
dc.contributor.author Davies, Lorraine
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-23T00:51:01Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-23T00:51:01Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.description Author version made available here in accordance with publisher copyright policy. en
dc.description.abstract This discussion paper aims to offer an overview and working definition of translational research, appropriate to health. Methods: Using scholarly and applied literature, the paper first identifies key challenges in achieving evidence-based policy and practice. It highlights international policy interest in new approaches to evidence translation and the barriers to achieving sound evidence translation. The paper offers an explicit definition of translational research and explains why it is important to have such a definition. It then elaborates on this definition by identifying and exploring seven distinctive research practices that could be associated with translational research. Findings and conclusions: Translational research is research with a sense of place. Its defining feature is excellence in evidence for a specific context or sphere of action, whether that is health policy for the World Health Organisation or service design for a local non-government organisation. If research is to be translated at all, it needs to be meaningful to many specific contexts, including small and regional contexts. The best promise that translational research offers is of exciting new techniques to achieve rigour and systemacy for such localised ‘real world’ policy, service and practice contexts. en
dc.identifier.citation Bell, E and Harpur, S and Doherty, K and Struber, J and Davies, L, What is translational research? Background, concepts and a definition, International Public Health Journal, 3, (2) pp. 133-143. en
dc.identifier.issn 1947-4989
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2328/36118
dc.language.iso en
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dc.publisher Nova Science Publishers en
dc.rights Copyright 2011 © Nova Science Publishers, Inc. en
dc.rights.holder Nova Science Publishers, Inc. en
dc.title What is translational research? Background, concepts, and a definition en
dc.type Article en
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